anger

noun
an·​ger | \ ˈaŋ-gər How to pronounce anger (audio) \

Definition of anger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a strong feeling of displeasure and usually of antagonism (see antagonism sense 1b) You could hear the anger in his voice. She found it hard to control her anger.

anger

verb
angered; angering\ ˈaŋ-​g(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce angering (audio) \

Definition of anger (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make (someone) angry He was angered by the decision.

intransitive verb

: to become angry a man who angers easily

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Other Words from anger

Noun

angerless \ ˈaŋ-​gər-​ləs How to pronounce angerless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for anger

Synonyms: Noun

angriness, birse [chiefly Scottish], choler, furor, fury, indignation, irateness, ire, lividity, lividness, mad, madness, mood [archaic], outrage, rage, spleen, wrath, wrathfulness

Synonyms: Verb

enrage, incense, inflame (also enflame), infuriate, ire, mad, madden, outrage, rankle, rile, roil, steam up, tick off

Antonyms: Noun

delight, pleasure

Antonyms: Verb

delight, gratify, please

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Noun

anger, ire, rage, fury, indignation, wrath mean an intense emotional state induced by displeasure. anger, the most general term, names the reaction but by itself does not convey cause or intensity. tried to hide his anger ire, more frequent in literary contexts, suggests an intense anger, often with an evident display of feeling. cheeks flushed with ire rage and fury suggest loss of self-control from violence of emotion. shook with rage could not contain his fury indignation stresses righteous anger at what one considers unfair, mean, or shameful. a comment that caused general indignation wrath is likely to suggest a desire or intent to punish or get revenge. I feared her wrath if I was discovered

Noun

anger, rage, and fury mean the feelings brought about by great displeasure. anger can be used of either a strong or a mild feeling. I was able to hide my anger. rage is used of strong violent feeling that is difficult to control. He was screaming with rage. fury is used of overwhelming rage that may cause a person to become violent. In their fury the people smashed windows.

Examples of anger in a Sentence

Noun

He couldn't hide his anger with us. You could hear the anger in his voice. The group expressed its anger over the company's arrogance. He said that he had no anger towards the person who shot him. He never raised his voice in anger. She was shaking in anger.

Verb

They were shocked and angered by the company's arrogance. He was angered to learn that he had been fired. It angered me that she would say something like that. He's a gentle man who's not easily angered.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The scandal promoted public anger that eventually led to a historic change of government in last May’s polls. Eileen Ng, The Seattle Times, "A look at Malaysia’s monarchy before sultans pick next king," 23 Jan. 2019 However, the elections saw the lowest turnout yet, mainly due to public anger at the political elite. Washington Post, "Iraq expands manual recount to 7 provinces," 9 July 2018 While the number of migrants has fallen sharply in recent years, public anger has not, and the question remains whether Europe can preserve its borderless domain and, in a sense, its reason for being. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "For Europe, Cutting the Flow of Migrants Challenges Basic Ideals," 5 July 2018 Khan hopes to yoke public anger after last year’s ouster of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for corruption. Time, "Cricket Hero Imran Khan Led Pakistan's Team to Victory. As a Politician, He's Riding a Populist Wave," 28 June 2018 Public anger has grown over government policies since a steep general sales tax hike earlier this year and the abolition of bread subsidies, both measures driven by the International Monetary Fund. Suleiman Al-khalidi And Ellen Francis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Jordan's king appoints a new PM amid widespread unrest over tax hikes," 4 June 2018 The minister will be hoping the move will calm public anger at price and tax increases in a country still plagued by deep-rooted economic problems. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Village Profile: Indian Springs has historical roots to Bidai tribe," 2 June 2018 Encouraging young men to be comfortable expressing emotions rather than turning their anger into murderous violence would be a great start. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "How We Can Stop Mass Shootings in America," 20 Nov. 2018 Facebook employees expressed anger about Mr. Luckey on internal message boards and at a weekly town hall meeting in late September 2016, questioning why he was still employed, according to people familiar with the complaints. Keach Hagey, WSJ, "Why Did Facebook Fire a Top Executive? Hint: It Had Something to Do With Trump," 11 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That angered other shareholders who didn’t get the same deal and exposed divisions in the Disney board. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Ronald W. Miller Endured Hard Knocks as Football Player and Disney CEO," 13 Feb. 2019 Samta’s offerings of free health advice and medicinal herbs had angered a holy man in her village in the rural Dang district in Gujarat, a state in western India. Seema Yasmin, SELF, "In Rural India, Protecting Women From Witch Hunting, and an Impending Flood," 17 Aug. 2018 France formally pulled out of the group’s military command in the 1960s, angering the U.S., and then rejoined again in 2009. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "What is NATO and why is Donald Trump slamming it?," 12 July 2018 Its lack of public debate has angered many Russians, who depend on the meager monthly payments to survive. Sabra Ayres, latimes.com, "World Cup gives Russia a global makeover, but how long will that last?," 10 July 2018 The shutoffs have angered many local activists who argue the city should instead create a comprehensive affordability plan to help prevent service interruptions altogether. Katrease Stafford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit halts water shutoffs in temporary moratorium," 2 July 2018 The annual drills, separate from regular training programs, have long angered North Korea’s leadership, which views them as a rehearsal for an invasion. Daniel Flatley, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Suspends South Korea ‘War Games’ in Bet Kim Can Be Trusted," 12 June 2018 Four Horns, the mother of a man Mr. Weber was convicted of assaulting as an 11-year old boy in the mid-1990s in Montana, said she was angered that the former pediatrician continued to receive a pension. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "Pedophile Doctor Could Get U.S. Pension of More Than $1.8 Million While in Prison," 27 Mar. 2019 The lack of closure surrounding Linda Reagan's heartbreaking death angered and confused Blue Bloods fans. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Reveals Linda Reagan Returned to Give Danny an Important Message," 1 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of anger

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for anger

Noun and Verb

Middle English, affliction, anger, from Old Norse angr grief; akin to Old English enge narrow, Latin angere to strangle, Greek anchein

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anger

noun

English Language Learners Definition of anger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strong feeling of being upset or annoyed because of something wrong or bad : the feeling that makes someone want to hurt other people, to shout, etc. : the feeling of being angry

anger

verb

English Language Learners Definition of anger (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (someone) angry

anger

verb
an·​ger | \ ˈaŋ-gər How to pronounce anger (audio) \
angered; angering

Kids Definition of anger

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make strongly displeased : make angry

anger

noun

Kids Definition of anger (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong feeling of displeasure or annoyance and often of active opposition to an insult, injury, or injustice

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